”I feel there are some people who, by the enormity of their crimes, forfeit the right to live.”
I frankly realize that Affliction will never be mentioned in the ongoing conversation concerning the ‘greatest films ever’—which, when you consider that I rank it higher than both 2001 and Seven Samurai, only makes this five-star rating completely ridiculous—but I’ll continue to champion it as one of the bleakest, most harrowing domestic dramas—and yes, one of the greatest films—of all time. A bold claim? If it is, then just ignore me.
Paul Schrader’s televisual directing style has proved time and…
What seals McCabe & Mrs. Miller’s status as a masterpiece to me is a scene that includes neither of the titular characters. In fact, it involves two characters whose roles are seemingly insignificant. Late in the movie, just before the climax, there is a confrontation between a cowboy and a bounty hunter. To avoid giving anything away, I won’t go into details, but this scene – this single, profound moment, which lasts less than a minute – defines what McCabe & Mrs.…